Microsoft Confirms Windows 10 Now On 200M Devices - InformationWeek

InformationWeek is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

IoT
IoT
Comments
Microsoft Confirms Windows 10 Now On 200M Devices
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
tjgkg
50%
50%
tjgkg,
User Rank: Ninja
2/18/2016 | 5:40:38 AM
Re: MS-Presentation
The download took close to an hour. MS had been asking me since last July to upgrade to 10 but i balked and did not pre-download the files because i wanted to wait to see how others did. I am surprised that MS changed the migration tools after all this time for a third party that is not as good. Agree with you that Win 10 is better than 8 in every respect. 8 was not intuitive at all, especially if you did not have a touch screen. And the Metro set up was messy and busy. Have not used Cortana yet. Then again I never use Siri on my Apple devices!
SaneIT
50%
50%
SaneIT,
User Rank: Ninja
2/17/2016 | 8:34:00 AM
Re: MS-Presentation
Ah, you're factoring the download into the total upgrade time.  That makes sense.  A lot of people have the upgrade automatically downloaded.  On the corporate side there is one thing that I find really annoying, the migration tools that have existed for almost as long as Windows has existed are gone and in their place is the offer for a free version of a third party tool that doesn't do everything the old migration tools did.   Everything else about Win 10 I have to say I like better than 8 now that I'm not constantly reaching for the Charms bar.  Cortana is nice replacement for the search bar but I can't bring myself to talk to Cortana instead I start typing what I'm looking for which are usually control panel objects rather than navigating to them through the start menu.
tjgkg
50%
50%
tjgkg,
User Rank: Ninja
2/16/2016 | 9:40:24 AM
Re: MS-Presentation
While my home desktop is 4 years old, i do have fast internet. It did not take long to download the 2.3 gigs of files for the upgrade, but it was the 3 step process afterwards that took some time. That was probably more to do with the processor and RAM. MS did a great job in keeping all my userid's, passwords and other settings exactly the same. Even my wallpaper was the same so when the process finally ended, you had to really look hard to notice the difference. Plus i think the performance improved. 

I agree with you that Win 10 should have been the next step up from Win 7. The Metro interface is not all that great but it is much easier to deal with popping up from the Start button than the unintuitive ways of Win 8.x
SaneIT
50%
50%
SaneIT,
User Rank: Ninja
2/16/2016 | 8:30:22 AM
Re: MS-Presentation
Luckily I haven't seen a 3 hour upgrade yet, but I could see that holding back upgrades for larger companies.  The MS IDs aren't so much of a problem if you plan on moving to Office 365 and have everything in place to do so.  Syncing your AD means you keep logging in with your current network credentials.   It's a little bit of work for the IT team but it is a fairly smooth transition.   What frustrates me about Win 10 is that it what Win 8 should have been, I feel like they tried to force the Modern/Metro UI and it blew up in their faces. 
tjgkg
50%
50%
tjgkg,
User Rank: Ninja
2/15/2016 | 5:52:16 AM
Re: MS-Presentation
Very true. I upgraded to Win 10 because of my conversations with you and others on this forum. You guys were spot on about how good it is (thanks). It is like a combination of Win 7 and Win 8.x - if you want to use those features. Corporations nowadays also are much more bureacratic when it comes to upgrading workstation software from applications to operating systems. The good news is that the upgrades i have done on home computers worked flawlessly even if they took almost 3 hours per workstation. In a corporate environment this will be tough but also users now have to use MS ID's to log in which will complicate things.
SaneIT
50%
50%
SaneIT,
User Rank: Ninja
1/7/2016 | 10:42:28 AM
Re: MS-Presentation
This is a very important point.  It's not that people are running out to buy Win 10 because it is amazing, honestly it's more like Win 8.5 as far as the users are concerned.  The "free" and nearly forced upgrades are the reason that its adoption rate is so high not any incredible new feature.  Microsoft is marketing Win 10 much better than it did with Win 7 or Win 8 but on the enterprise side marketing doesn't mean much and that's where they are stalling. 
rradina
50%
50%
rradina,
User Rank: Ninja
1/6/2016 | 11:07:44 AM
Define Activated
Can we get a clear definition of what activated means?  Does that mean 200M folks are actually using a device that is running Windows 10 or is it a combination of folks who are actually using Windows 10 and devices in the channel that have been loaded with Windows 10 but not yet sold to a customer?
mak63
50%
50%
mak63,
User Rank: Ninja
1/6/2016 | 1:04:35 AM
migrating
it's no small task migrating an entire enterprise from one operating system to another.

I'm in the process of upgrading to 10 on my boxes. I did just one, and it was a pain... well, you know where! I can't possible imaging what the IT team will go thru, if they have to upgrade several or even thousands of computers. No wonder the process is slow.
tjgkg
50%
50%
tjgkg,
User Rank: Ninja
1/5/2016 | 12:36:53 PM
MS-Presentation
MS is presenting this as a rush to Win 10 because it is so great. The fact is that they are offering the upgrade for free and being aggressive about it. While this is good insofar as it gets people off obsolete or soon to be discontinued platforms, it is misleading. Gone are the days where people rushed to upgrade to the next DOS release or Windows release. After Vista and Win 8.x people are cautious. Even if they are getting the upgrade for free. I am one of them!


2020 State of DevOps Report
2020 State of DevOps Report
Download this report today to learn more about the key tools and technologies being utilized, and how organizations deal with the cultural and process changes that DevOps brings. The report also examines the barriers organizations face, as well as the rewards from DevOps including faster application delivery, higher quality products, and quicker recovery from errors in production.
News
The State of Chatbots: Pandemic Edition
Jessica Davis, Senior Editor, Enterprise Apps,  9/10/2020
Commentary
Deloitte on Cloud, the Edge, and Enterprise Expectations
Joao-Pierre S. Ruth, Senior Writer,  9/14/2020
Slideshows
Data Science: How the Pandemic Has Affected 10 Popular Jobs
Cynthia Harvey, Freelance Journalist, InformationWeek,  9/9/2020
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
Video
Current Issue
IT Automation Transforms Network Management
In this special report we will examine the layers of automation and orchestration in IT operations, and how they can provide high availability and greater scale for modern applications and business demands.
White Papers
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
Sponsored Live Streaming Video
Everything You've Been Told About Mobility Is Wrong
Attend this video symposium with Sean Wisdom, Global Director of Mobility Solutions, and learn about how you can harness powerful new products to mobilize your business potential.
Sponsored Video
Flash Poll